7 Ways to Make The Winter Season More Bearable

Some people love everything about winter. They seem to take to it like a duck and water, and fully embrace the cold weather and lack of social time. For other people – most people – it’s a season that they have to endure, not embrace. However, while many might struggle to see the benefits of the cold weather months, there are things you can do to make it more bearable – and, dare we say it, even fun! Below, we take a look at seven ways you can make sure you don’t have to wait until spring to start having fun again.

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Embracing Hygge

Have you heard of ‘hygge’? It’s a Danish concept, one that doesn’t have a natural English translation, but it’s effectively about embracing the winter season. And if you’re going to do that, then you’ll need to give your home a ‘hygge’ makeover. Invest in candles, buy a few warm throws, and go shopping for some high-quality loungewear. Whether all these purchases will make you fall in love with winter remains to be seen, but you’ll have a relaxing time finding out, that’s for sure.

 

Use Your Time Wisely

We tend to think of modern life as always being rushed, but really, that’s just not true during fall and winter. If we choose to, we can slow down and take our time. Since there’s nowhere near as much events taking place as there are in summer, we’re given the gift of time: but it’ll only be a gift if we choose to accept it! Over the coming months, don’t spend your evenings watching television. Instead, use it an opportunity to learn a new skill. You could pick up a language, learn to play an instrument, or finally get that creative project you’ve been thinking about underway.

 

Add the Color

Summer is the season of brightness and color; winter is a season of darkness. But who says it has to be this way? Nobody! You’ll feel a lot better if you add color and energy to your day-to-day life. Think about the lighting in your home, and pick up a piece of art or two for the walls. You can’t change the darkness of the outdoors, but you can ensure your home isn’t dark!

 

Hit the Sunshine

By far the biggest complaint about winter is that it’s dark and cold. So why not break up the chilly months by heading to the sunshine for a vacation? There are plenty of winter sun options available to you, both in the United States and beyond. For a week or two, you’ll be able to wear stylish sundresses and drink cocktails; just like you never left summer! Naturally, you’ll still have to return to the cold weather eventually, but it’ll be a welcome break. Who knows, by the time you come back you might even enjoy the season more, knowing that escape is only a short flight away. [Read more…]

Is Your Home Winter Ready?

It might feel as though it was only yesterday that you were sitting out in the backyard sunbathing, but winter is actually approaching pretty fast. Of course, that’s not a bad thing! There are plenty of amazing things about winter. You get to snuggle up at home all cosy and warm, it’s finally time to bring out your chunky sweaters, and no one is going to judge you for drinking hot chocolate all day long! Of course, that doesn’t mean that everything about winter is great. After all, the cold weather can bring a whole host of problems if you’re not prepared for it. This is especially true at home. To help you avoid getting into any trouble during the cold months, here are a few ways to winter-proof your home.

 

Deal with drafts

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It’s incredibly easy not to realise that there are drafts in your home during the summer. After all, you’re probably going to be happy for the cool air coming in! However, when winter rolls around, a draft can be a serious problem. Not only can it let cold air into your home but it allows a great deal of hot air to escape as well. Make sure that you go through your home before it gets too cold and seal up any drafts that you find.

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Make Moving House Less Stressful

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Moving home is a stressful affair, especially when you have a family and a baby to try and organise along the way. Your house will probably be full to the brim with furniture, personal belongings and A LOT of toys. The thought of packing all that up and moving to a new place can be daunting, and understandably might make you want to crawl into bed and pretend nothing is happening at all. However, don’t fret; there are a few ways that you can make the trip slightly less stressful, and it’s all about forward planning.


Never Complete On A Friday

Friday is the most popular day of the week for families looking to move home, and that’s mainly because after the initial move, you then have the whole weekend to get things settled before getting back to work on Monday. However, there are downsides to Friday being the most popular choice. The first one is the fact that removal companies are much busier on a Friday- the issue with this is that removal companies will push up the prices towards the end of the week, so if you can move in a Wednesday instead, that would be much better. The other reason is that if anything goes wrong with handing over the keys or the paperwork, the issue won’t be sorted over the weekend, meaning you’ll be trapped until Monday when people are back in the office.


Hire A Professional Moving Company

If you want to make the move less stressful for you and save yourself hiring a van and enlisting your friend to help with the move, hire a professional mover such as MyBekins moving companies. You’ll save time and money on making several trips with your goods, and also, you’ll be insured for any damages to your belongings in transit. [Read more…]

Getting Back Up When You’re Hit By A Huge Bill

It will happen at some point. You might have a dental crisis that needs paying for. You might have a much larger fuel bill than expected. You might even find that you’ve been overcompensated in some scheme or another and are expected to fork over the difference now. Most people will be hit by a big, unexpected bill at some point and if you’re not ready to deal with it, it can lead to a spiral of financial trouble that can mean real trouble at the end.

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Check the bill for mistakes

Sometimes you are going to get charged when you shouldn’t be. Rarely, are these charges made on purpose, so don’t go burning with righteous indignation. But do be ready to check any major bills you receive with costs you don’t recognize. Medical billing mistakes are especially prevalent so be vigilant. You shouldn’t bank on it, but you could get off with a reduced bill if it’s not entirely removed.

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Beautiful Bathrooms On A Budget

Bathrooms are the places where we often go to relax and unwind at the end of a long and hectic day. However, the downside to many bathrooms is the fact that they can be expensive to design, maintain, and run. That being said, just because bathrooms can be expensive places, that doesn’t mean that they have to be.

Do you wish that your bathroom could be a more luxurious space, without costing you too much more to run? Believe it or not, designing this kind of space doesn’t have to be a pipe dream, it’s just a case of understanding what steps you need to take to keep the cost low. For all the best tips and ideas for a less expensive bathroom that has a sense of luxury about it, read on.

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Revamp and reuse

It’s always better to revamp and reuse wherever possible, which is why instead of replacing older bathroom feature, such as your bath tub and your shower cubicle, it’s best to revamp and update them. After all, new features like these can be pretty pricey. So it’s always worth considering revamping and reusing. Whether this means having your bathtub and shower professionally redecorated or it means purchasing second-hand replacements and doing them up, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you are finding little ways to reduce the cost of upgrading your bathroom and making it look and feel more luxurious.

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Create a Perfect, Pinterest-Worthy Pantry!

If you’re looking to stay organized, save money and always have the means to whip up a tasty meal- a home pantry is a smart move. Thanks to the likes of Pinterest and social media, a well-equipped home pantry is definitely back in Vogue, but not only does rows of neatly organized dried good look satisfying but is extremely practical too. If you want to boost your domestic goddess status or you’re just sick of rooting around in tiny cupboards for the ingredients you need, here’s how you can create the perfect pantry at home.

 

Decide On a Location

If you already have a pantry area in your kitchen, then you’re good to go. Otherwise, you’ll need to find the perfect location. Do you have a boiler cupboard or storage cupboard in your kitchen? Is there a nook anywhere that you could section off by adding some doors? If not, you will have to get a bit creative. Your pantry doesn’t necessarily have to go in the kitchen, if you have a space under your stairs, this could be transformed into a fantastic pantry area. A shoe cupboard could be repurposed, any downstairs area really could work.

 

Fit The Shelves

Once you’ve found the perfect spot, the next step would be to add the shelves, If you add rows of shelves from the floor to the ceiling you maximise the space and can make the most of every inch you have in there. A cool idea would be to add a fridge freezer, this could be your main refrigerator or an extra one for backup storage. You could even find a second hand one cheaply, or find one that’s not working for free. People get rid of these all the time without having the problem diagnosed, you could even snag a good brand like Sub Zero. From there you’d just find a Sub Zero repair company and have it fixed. This is far cheaper than buying new, and could be the perfect addition to your pantry!

 

Find The Right Storage

Once the main pantry is set up it’s on to the fun part- organizing! Here’s where you can decide exactly what is going in your pantry and how you’re going to store it. Glass lidded flip top jars are a good option, they keep everything fresh, and if pests find their way into your home, there’s no way they can get in. Fill them up with things like flour, sugar, pasta, rice, lentils, grains and arrange them in a way which makes sense to you. Don’t forget to label everything, so you don’t forget what’s in each jar- you can get label makers cheaply online and it gives the pantry a cool look too. Don’t forget to add best before information and allergy information too.  Baskets and storage bins on shelves are another option, you could hang hooks on the walls, use plastic lidded boxes for more bulky items. Either way, spend some time deciding how you’re going to store and organize things based on what ingredients you will have in your pantry.

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This Is What Experiencing A Burglary Feels Like

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Home security advice is everywhere these days, even on this very blog. It’s impossible to avoid it; the constant talk about how to keep your home safe, how to avoid your house falling victim to a burglary, how to protect yourself etc. etc.

Have you ever wondered why these points are made so sternly? Why the importance of security is beaten into the public consciousness at every turn, from simple online blog posts down to warnings on the local news?

The reason isn’t just a simple matter of home security in and of itself. Sure, that’s important, but what this advice is trying to do is prevent harm. Some of the harm it’s trying to prevent is to your home and your possessions, but for the most part, the people giving advice want to prevent the real, emotional damage that falling victim to a burglary can cause.

If you’re lax on your home security, you likely have a justification for it. You might think that it’s only possessions; you’ve got insurance, the items lost can be replaced. However, you may be massively underestimating the true impact of what it feels like to experience a burglary. It’s not about the items you lose; it’s about the damage it can do you mentally and emotionally. You might think that you’d handle it fine, but those who have actually lived through a burglary would argue differently.

Those who have fallen victim to burglaries are vocal about the impact going through the experience had on them. So what do they say it’s like to experience a burglary not as an abstract concept, but something they have to live through?

 

A Feeling Of Being Violated

A burglar will have been in your home; your private space, where you should be safe from the world. They will have gone through your drawers; your wardrobe; every nook and cranny will have been inspected by malicious hands.

The feeling of invasion, of violation, that this knowledge creates can be incredibly traumatic. Your home was meant to be your sanctuary, but now it has been disturbed. Some victims even report they never feel comfortable in their home again.

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Curious Kids: Explaining House Repairs & Maintenance

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Children are curious. In fact, it’s one of their most endearing qualities. They are always keen to explore the world around them, learning things they don’t know, and expand their knowledge.

The majority of the time, this is endearing and lovely. However, there are times during which their natural propensity for curiosity can cause you a few problems.  If you find yourself facing down a repair emergency like a burst pipe, the last thing you may think of is how your child is coping with the situation. That’s understandable; you’re too busy juggling emergency plumbers and wondering how you’re going to find room in your budget to pay for the work. Not a soul could blame you for being distracted, and not quite having your usual level of patience to explain what’s happening to an eager, enquiring young mind.

However, look at the situation through your child’s eyes:

  • Something has gone wrong
  • They don’t understand what’s gone wrong…
  • … but from your reaction, they know it’s pretty important
  • Someone is going to come into their home to do the repair work

It’s a pretty confusing time, which can cause upset in more sensitive children. So whether it’s routine maintenance or an emergency, it’s worth taking the time to explain to your child what’s happening and why.

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Quick And Easy Techniques To Bump Up The Value Of Your Home

If you’ve spotted a dream house on the market, you might suddenly find yourself under pressure to start marketing your own home for a quick sale. That means you have limited time to give it the facelift needed to reach the best price you can get. There is no time for clever building works, conversions or even renovations. All you can do is make the most of what you already have. Are you ready?

 

Clear Out

The quickest and easiest thing you can do to impress the real estate agent and potential buyers is to clear everything out. This gives the illusion of more space, and it offers a tidy home to create those wow photos you need to sell. How can you clear it all out? There might not be a lot of time to sort and tidy. Instead, box everything up for each room. You can store it in a rented storage unit, or even in the car! Do take the extra time to clear out the garage and shed. These are important additions to your home that buyers will be interested in.

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Once all the clutter is gone, you can start to see just how much space there really is. You might also see the odd mark on the wall or a carpet stain or two. We’ll come to those in a minute. What you’re trying to sell isn’t just a spacious home. You want to sell a desirable lifestyle too. Tidy up and clear out to make the home look easy to manage.

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Financial Lessons You Must Give To Your Young Adult Children

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As your children mature into adulthood, you will need to bestow upon them life lessons they can keep for the rest of their days. Of course, it’s not up to you to give them a complete manual to life, as it’s likely you’re not even in possession of one of those yourself. No one is. However, there are a number of things you can teach them which will make a difference, and make a difference well.

Let’s assume that their self-care and rational safety understanding is taken care of, and they are as wise in those fields as you are. Which could be considered the most important life lesson, or collection of lessons to give to your children as they become independent? Of course, it’s always about the finances. Your child will either experience an excellent and secure life or one defined by struggle one, dependant on how wise they are with the income that comes their way. For this reason, it’s essential to get the ball rolling from the offset and try to show them positive means of keeping their financial house in order.

 

Keep Them Credit Friendly

Credit cards and financing can be a positive way to help them acquire the things they want, while also improving their credit score substantially. Not only does it require a sound financial sense to keep up with the repayments though, but it takes a great emphasis on the importance of completing these requirements right to make sure your credit stays as a friend and not a foe. Use resources such as reviews.creditcard to know where to begin in the educational handbook. If you can, show them how a solid use of credit has benefited you in your efforts developing and maintaining a family home. Show them that with good financial sense, they too can find a property and a family to call their own.

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